In 2019, it is exactly four hundred years since Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547-1619) was beheaded at the Binnenhof, the houses of parliament. He still counts among the greatest statesmen in Dutch history, the builder and founder of the Dutch state. For the first time The Hague dedicates an exhibition to the man, his reputation and role as political leader during the Dutch War of Independence. The Historical Museum of The Hague reveals the dilemmas that challenged this historically important statesman. Themes that still appeal to the imagination, and are more relevant than ever in our society.
To this day the trial and execution of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt continues to fascinate us. From mid-February to mid-May 2019 the Prison Gate Museum will be hosting a special themed presentation on this. In May 2019 the baton will be passed to Museum Flehite in Amersfoort, which is also organising an exhibition on Van Oldenbarnevelt, who was born in this city.